meaning of a priori

a priori meaning in General Dictionary

Characterizing that form of reasoning which deduces effects from definitions formed or principles believed or which infers effects from causes formerly understood deductive or deductively the opposite of a posteriori

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  • derived by reasoning, without seen details
  • based on theory or concept as opposed to experiment
  • concerning deductive thinking from an over-all principle to a necessary result; maybe not supported by fact
  • Characterizing that sorts of thinking which deduces effects from meanings formed, or principles thought, or which infers effects from causes previously understood; deductive or deductively. The opposite of a posteriori.
  • Applied to knowledge and conceptions thought, or presupposed, as just before encounter, so as to make knowledge rational or feasible.

a priori meaning in Urban Dictionary

know shit if your wanting to see shit


a priori meaning in Law Dictionary

Latin, is concluded from what features occurred previously and that certain impacts must by need follows.


a priori meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1710, "from cause to effect" (a logical term, in reference to reasoning), Latin, literally "from just what comes initially," from priori, ablative of prior "first" (see previous (adj.)). Used loosely for "in accordance with past knowledge" (1834).


a priori - German to English

a priori


a priori - French to English

at first

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  • from the face of it

a priori meaning in Philosophy Dictionary

(Kant) a phrase placed on all judgments and maxims whose quality is independent of most impressions of sense. Whatever is pure a priori is unmixed with anything empirical. In Kant's doctrine, all needed circumstances of expertise (for example., kinds and groups) tend to be a priori. Whatever is a priori must have universal and required quality. Sometimes used loosely to designate everything non-empirical, or something which may be understood by explanation alone. (See Kantianism). -- O.F.K.


a priori meaning in General Dictionary

Characterizing that variety of reasoning which deduces effects from definitions created, or concepts believed, or which infers results from factors previously understood; deductive or deductively. The opposite of a posteriori.

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  • placed on knowledge and conceptions assumed, or presupposed, as prior to experience, to make knowledge logical or possible.

Sentence Examples with the word a priori

On the other hand, in discussing the ontological argument, Lotze commits himself to a moral a priori (below, ad fin.).

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